President Joe Biden launched his re-election campaign with a video and TV commercial — but that doesn’t mean his dignity to stay in the White House will consist only of a low-key “rose garden strategy,” says one of his top advisers.
Nobody loves a working union hall, diner, garage and fire company more than Joe Biden. He struggled with his lack of travel ability in ’20. I mean, it was almost total agony I was watching, you know, the night he was declared president-elect in Delaware,” Sen. Chris Coons, co-chair of the Biden campaign, told DailyMail.com.
“I mean, like, here’s a guy who gets his energy from diving into crowds, so I expect to see him put together a strong campaign,” he said.
But on a day when Biden was, in fact, holding a White House Rose Garden event with South Korean President Yoon Sok-yul, Coons indicated that performing as president would be a tacit part of Biden’s re-election.
He never promised you a rose garden: Campaign co-chair Sen. Chris Coons says President Joe Biden will “carry hard.” He said it was “painful” to push Biden off the track in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic
But I also expect him to, I mean, take the president position very seriously. I expect him to do a lot more being president. This is also from my point of view, the best way to run for re-election was to show what you accomplish as President.
Former President Jimmy Carter I used the “rose garden strategy” A pejorative mark for current criticism of Gerald Ford for taking advantage of the privileges of office. In the case of Biden, using the White House allows him to emphasize his accomplishments and issue new executive orders, minimizing his rivals, while allowing the candidate, who is 80 years old, to stay off the campaign trail and avoid chances of missteps.
Potential rematch challenger Donald Trump mocked Biden even Monday for being “downstairs” in 2020, accusing him of using campaing video to avoid blunders. “That way he can do it four or five times until it’s right,” Trump said.
Biden’s campaign launch week did not include a political event, though he did speak to the powerful North American construction workers’ union group in D.C. on Tuesday.
To get all of that done, Biden will need money, and he’s already assembled a team of reinforcements including Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Biden’s latest campaign broke the billion-dollar mark, and top Democrats say that effort could equal or exceed it.
But Koons doesn’t have his march order yet: He says Biden called him 20 seconds before he went live with MSBNC’s Andrea Mitchell on the day of Biden’s campaign announcement.
Vice President Kamala Harris held an event at Howard University on Tuesday night, and Biden spoke to a union in D.C. But he has yet to hold a political event since his announcement.
Staying in the White House allows Biden to use the power of the office, while avoiding missteps and minimizing long-distance travel
“No one loves a labor union hall, a diner, a garage or a fire company more than Joe Biden,” said Sen. Chris Coons, who has said Biden would not use a “rose garden strategy” to stay put.
Biden took two questions in the Rose Garden Wednesday, after failing to hold an official press conference about his trip to Ireland this month.
I’m like: Mr. President, I live on the 20th, on the 19th, on the 18th, I’m going to hang up now.
He’s like, ‘Just calling to say you’re doing a great job,'” said Coons, mimicking a fellow former senator from Delaware.
He said Biden did not provide a target number for the amount to raise, as he prepares to take on Donald Trump or another Republican.
This will be a tough and tough campaign. And I believe that all of us are going to need to be involved in every possible way that we can to support and contribute to the re-election of our President.
“We don’t know who the Republicans are going to field, but remember, this isn’t a coronation, it’s a contradiction,” said Senator Ben Cardin (D-D), after Biden opened his campaign video with the firing. From January 6th.
“We know MAGA has an incredible impact on the Republican Party,” he said.
I am frustrated with the cost of campaigns. I hope they don’t cost anywhere near this, he said. “I just hope there’s a lot of presidential debate and a minimum of trying to be nice about how you spend campaign money,” he said, referring to the debates between the party’s major candidates.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke out about the money battle that is building, hours after declaring he would support Biden and seek to try to stop Trump, whom he called a “right-wing demagogue.”
Of course it will be a big financial campaign. Look, we have a corrupt political system. There are super PACs controlled by billionaires who can spend as much money as they want. Am I worried about that? I think it’s outrageous, and I think it needs to be fixed.”
When asked if he would be willing to use his email list to help Biden, Sanders replied, “I haven’t thought about it.”
Even on a crisp spring day within the confines of the Rose Garden, located just steps from the Oval Office, Biden couldn’t avoid a question about his age at a news conference with South Korean President Yoon Sok Yul.
He said, “In terms of age, I can’t even say — I think how old I am, I can’t even say the number, it just doesn’t register with me.”